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BfG: Summer o’ Good

There are so many ways to make a difference, and so many people who are not only willing, but itching to do so. The fandom itself is bursting with positivity. When that positivity has direction, we can all accomplish quite a lot and be a force for good in the world.

In addition to our Seeds of Kindness fundraiser and the albums, convention events, and custom auctions that go with it, we would like to encourage folks to participate in a good deeds drive. Find a local charity, volunteer, give blood, talk to your friends and collect old clothes they don’t need and donate them to a charitable organization.

Sometimes the little things really do add up to make a big difference, and even though so many of us are geographically separated and may go about this in totally different ways, that doesn’t mean we can’t still shine together. That’s what the Summer o’ Good is all about.

Here's how it works. The /good/ forum is set up to facilitate the circulation of ideas—sharing tips on how to get involved in your community. So if you have an idea, and you’re planning on pitching in in someway, hop on board and share it. Or if you simply want to chime in and tell us about an organization you plan to get involved in and how many hours of your time you plan on donating, that’s great too.

We are calling on everyone willing to pitch in this summer to get out there in a spirit of volunteerism and good will, and we will be updating you all on the progress within the community as we go, so please keep us informed.

What You Can Do

Everybody: Get involved. Make a difference. Share ideas to help others figure out how best to do the same. This really is the heart and soul of what we are trying to do, and we can’t do it without your active involvement.

Community leaders: Organize meet ups of your local brony community. Go on outings with the group, and volunteer somewhere together. Let us know about it on the /good/ forum.

Fanfic writers: Write a story that conveys the spirit of altruism and effective altruism in particular, a story that inspires your readers to lend the best help they can. We can add it to our group on FiMFiction. Telofy has written a more detailed blog post about the process.

Episode commentators, bloggers, animators, etc.: Spread the word. The more people who know about this effort the better. Don’t underestimate the power of the shout out.

Artists: Let your work inspire people. Spread the word, spread the word, spread the word. Make original art of subject matter that captures the spirit of volunteerism and good will, and add a linked Summer o’ Good subtitle on the bottom.

Musicians: Contribute to the Seeds of Kindness 4 charity album, the details for which we will be announcing very soon. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

PMV Creators: Please get in touch via the same email address, so we can coordinate your efforts with those of the musicians. That way, you’ll be able to release a PMV (possibly as a milestone prize) soon after the album release.

Craftsponies: Make and donate customs to be used as prizes for charity auctions.

This is a chance to take a very simple idea like volunteerism and really make it fun and exciting!

Seeds of Kindness Fundraiser

In a spirit o’ good, we will continue to conduct Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser events throughout the summer, as we make room for the Seeds of Kindness 4 album that will be announced very shortly. As always it will be a year-long event featuring music, convention events, and custom swag prizes for top donors.

In the meantime your donations are still direly needed for our ongoing Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser, which will continue all throughout the summer. If you have a dollar, euro, or dogecoin to spare, please go to sok.yoursiblings.org!

All Seeds of Kindness donations benefit Your Siblings, a charity dedicated to building sustainable infrastructure projects and bettering the quality of life in poverty stricken villages.

Your Siblings is a nonprofit charity organization registered in Germany that provides effective monetary aid to select Third World projects that representatives of Your Siblings have personally visited and assessed. The projects need to be themselves nonprofit, nongovernmental, run by locals of the respective country, and geared towards providing the most essential, lasting means and services to those most severely disadvantaged in society, all to ensure that the donations will have the greatest and most permanent impact. (You can also follow Your Siblings on Twitter and Facebook.)